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July 13th, 2009
06:34 AM ET

PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter: Political scorecard

Editor's Note: is a project of the St. Petersburg Times that aims to help you find the truth in politics. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, etc. They research their statements and then rate the accuracy on their Truth-O-Meter.

John Boehner claims city uses stimulus money to hire someone to apply for more stimulus money
[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) pauses as he briefs the media on Capitol Hill October 3, 2008 in Washington, DC."]

"In North Carolina, they used stimulus money to hire one new state worker. His job, apply for more stimulus funds from the taxpayers by the way of the federal government." John Boehner on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 in a Web ad.

The Truth-O-Meter Says: FALSE


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Mitch McConnell's record distorted by Democratic campaign ad
[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="This TV ad by the Democratic National Committee distorts Senator McConnell's record, according to PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter."]

Mitch McConnell opposed "legislation to create and protect Kentucky jobs . . . help for the unemployed. . . health care for Kentucky's children," and "fair pay for women," according to the Democratic National Committee on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 in a television ad.

The ad from the DNC gives the impression that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell hates jobs, unemployment compensation, health care for little children and equal pay for women.

The Truth-O-Meter Says: BARELY TRUE

Barely True

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Barack Obama Campaign Promise No. 517: Negotiate health care reform in public sessions televised on C-SPAN
[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop at John Tyler Community College August 21, 2008 in Chester, Virginia."]

To achieve health care reform, "I'm going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We'll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies - they'll get a seat at the table, they just won't be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we'll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process." Sources: Town hall meeting on Aug. 21, 2008, in Chester, Va.

Obameter says: PROMISE BROKEN

Promise Broken

Read more: Obama said he'd televise health reform negotiations on C-SPAN

Filed under: Truth-O-Meter
July 13th, 2009
06:09 AM ET

Sotomayor's confirmation hearing starts today

In this handout image provided by The White House on May 26, 2009, Judge Sonia Sotomayor poses for a photograph in 2009. Getty Images
In this handout image provided by The White House on May 26, 2009, Judge Sonia Sotomayor poses for a photograph in 2009. Getty Images

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After weeks of meeting senators and preparing for tough questions, Sonia Sotomayor on Monday begins the formal hearings on her nomination to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will start considering whether Sotomayor should be the 111th person to sit on the nation's highest court. If confirmed, she would be the third woman justice.

Sotomayor, 55, received a good-luck telephone call Sunday from President Obama, according to a White House statement.

Obama "complimented the judge for making courtesy calls to 89 senators in which she discussed her adherence to the rule of law throughout her 17 years on the federal bench," the statement said. "The president expressed his confidence that Judge Sotomayor would be confirmed to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court for many years to come."

Democrats who hold a majority in both the Judiciary Committee and the full Senate predict she will easily win approval from both.

Do you support Sotomayor's confirmation? Tell us what you think.

Filed under: Supreme Court
July 13th, 2009
05:49 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday July 13, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Just hours from now, history unfolds as the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor begin.  Democrats have the votes to confirm her, but Republicans plan to use her own words against her.  We're live in Washington with what Sotomayor can expect.
  • Democrats want an investigation and Republicans say they're just playing politics with the fierce backlash over former Vice President Dick Cheney's secret CIA program.  There's growing pressure on the White House to act.  Did the former VP break the law?
  • She’s leaving office at the end of the month, but Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says she is not quitting politics.  Along with an upcoming book, Palin says her future could include supporting democrats
  • Booze and your brain.  We've all heard that a little wine every day can good for the heart, but a new study shows that some alcohol can be good for your brain, too.  A couple of drinks a day may even reduce the risk of dementia.  So what’s good and what’s one too many?  Our Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has some guidelines.

Filed under: What's On Tap
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